I’m tired of being told I’m brave.I didn’t set out to be brave,I set out to find others.Others.Others whose mother’s had handed off the phoneTo the elderly woman who told me what I saw with my own eyes was a lie,What I felt in the swollen flesh was a falsehood.I was fine.I was more than … Continue reading I’m tired of being told I’m brave.
I don’t remember who first suggested I try mindfulness, or guided meditation, but I knew I needed to try something to relax. I found a guided yoga nidra track to listen to and found a quiet time to lay down and try it. As I lay there trying to follow the directions of the not-quite-soothing … Continue reading the apps want me prone and vulnerable
As the stars in order going,All-harmonious, He doth move;Heavenly calm and comfort showing,Comes the healing word of love.Who the word of wisdom hearethFeels the Father Love within,Where as dawn the shadow cleareth,Love outshines the night of sin.- Hymn 263 I’m part way through Small Creatures Such As We, Finding Wonder and Meaning in Our Unlikely … Continue reading Confession, Atonement & Redemption
Another week, another meal train. More meals made for a family that is not my own. Another night of pasta and whatever vegetables we happen to have in the fridge for dinner so someone else can have a freshly made pot roast and veggies or baked ziti and a salad. Brownies for dessert, something chocolate … Continue reading I’ve “done enough” and I’m going to do more
The other day, on our drive home, my eldest spoke up about his day: Eldest: We went and saw the -th-grade play today. It was about a blue god with a big beard. Me: Do you know which god it was? Eldest: No. I only saw it once. (pause for a second or two) How … Continue reading “how many gods do we have mommy?”
Back in April I wrote my personal mission statement for The Ex-Christian Scientist. My work there, and having a life beyond my Ex-CS activities, are part of the reason I'm on hiatus for the summer. I thought I would share it with you here, and encourage you to visit The Ex-Christian Scientist if you have not already done so. I … Continue reading Why I’m doing this (reposted from The Ex-Christian Scientist)
Good Christian Scientists don't need lamps, they simply pray for everlasting light. Inspired by The case of the missing lamp knobs via the Christian Science Sentinel image via https://fbcdn-photos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t1.0-0/9651_448448535216933_880517992_n.jpg
This is a fascinating talk by Dr. Linda Kramer, author of Perfect Peril: Christian Science and Mind Control -- I have not read it, but it is on my list. Content warning: Dr. Kramer has "found Jesus" so there are strong, recurrent themes of Christianity in the first 20 minutes. Around the 20 minute mark, … Continue reading Fellowship of Former Christian Scientists, Dr. Linda Kramer’s Talk
Awesome article that can be applied to many situations!
Few things upset me like being misunderstood, and here lately that’s been happening a lot. Leaving the Christian fold was an eye-opening experience in more ways than one, not least of which was in showing me how unable to think outside of their box this faith makes people. As a Christian I was taught to believe that everyone is a God-believer at their core, but that some merely lie to themselves and/or to others about it. Poor deluded atheists! The Devil has blinded them to their own folly. Only a fool says in his heart that there is no God, amirite? No wonder it always feels like my friends and family are misreading me all the time. They’re looking at me through a lens which claims things about me that are patently false. Seeing me the way they do requires ignoring several important things I tell them about myself…
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I understand dental work can be a difficult issue for some people, which is why the majority of this post is behind the page break. Adventures in Christian Science Dental Work I recently met with an oral surgeon to discuss taking out my remaining wisdom tooth, part of the consult involved a questionnaire about my … Continue reading Praying away the Cavities